Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

What is Petroleum Engineering?

Petroleum engineering is primarily concerned with the economic extraction of oil, gas and other natural resources from the earth. This is accomplished through the design, drilling and operation of wells and well systems, and the integrated management of the underground reservoirs in which the resources are found.

What do Petroleum Engineers do?

Petroleum engineers locate, recover, and maintain the world's oil and gas supplies. They are the innovators who use cutting-edge technology to create new methods of discovering and drilling for oil. Although there are various job descriptions, petroleum engineers all serve one function-to provide the world with energy, while safeguarding the environment for future generations.

Where do Petroleum Engineers work?

Most careers involve a combination of office-based and advanced, computer-oriented technology work. Plus, petroleum engineers typically have numerous opportunities to travel across the globe for a variety of work-related projects.

Why study Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M?

As the demand for new energy processes and resources continues to increase, so does the demand for petroleum engineers. And with many current engineers approaching retirement, there is opportunity for fast advancement. Starting salaries for engineering school graduates are among the highest of any field. Entry-level petroleum engineers often receive lucrative job offers and signing bonuses.

The world will always need energy. Petroleum engineers must answer the call to find innovative technologies and new resources to meet the increasing demands for energy. Petroleum engineers will lead the way into the future and will have the opportunity to truly make a difference. This is an exciting and unique time to join the industry.

The department is well known for its curriculum, facilities and faculty, and its undergraduate program was recognized as the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and the Gourman Report published in 1999 by National Education Standards.

The faculty comprises more than 20 professors and lecturers, many of them widely known and globally involved in the petroleum industry. Three members of the faculty are members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, and six are Distinguished Members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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